Ed Shockley wrote:
More studied yudansha, however, have learned to extend my strike just a few inches past my chosen impact point (and also down)
Very interesting point. I've always trained to punch through the point that I want to hit and well past, with the expectation that the actual strike will occur several inches before the chosen impact point.
It is interesting that you note that experienced yudansha lead you further on; I find that the body position doesn't change the fact that an experienced Aikidoka can still move you
The question begs to be asked does the ability to still move someone in this context connote a better understanding of Aikido?